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Basic Linguistic Theory Volume 2

Grammatical Topics

R. M. W. Dixon

October 2009

ISBN: 9780199571086

512 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

In Stock

Price: £29.99

In Basic Linguistic Theory R. M. W. Dixon provides a comprehensive guide to the nature of human languages and their description and analysis. The books are a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate students, the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's immersion in every aspect of language, and a lasting monument to innovative scholarship.

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In Basic Linguistic Theory R. M. W. Dixon provides a comprehensive guide to the nature of human languages and their description and analysis. The books are a one-stop text for undergraduate and graduate students, the triumphant outcome of a lifetime's immersion in every aspect of language, and a lasting monument to innovative scholarship.

  • A straightforward and accessible account of the structures of language
  • A comprehensive exploration of the nature of language
  • A one-stop text on how to do linguistics and think about language
  • Written by one of the world's top linguists
  • A How-to Manual for doing linguistics
  • A lasting monument to innovative scholarship

About the Author(s)

R. M. W. Dixon, Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Table of Contents

    10: Grammatical Word and Phonological Word
    11: Distinguishing Noun and Verb
    12: The Adjective Class
    13: Transitivity
    14: Copula Clauses and Verbless Clauses
    15: Pronouns and Demonstratives
    16: Possession
    17: Relative Clause Constructions
    18: Complement Clauses and Complementation Strategies

Reviews

"There can be little doubt that Basic Linguistic Theory is a valuable addition to the linguistic literature, both as a broadly conceived typological study and as an inspiring guide to grammar writers ... BLT covers the principal parts of grammar and probably more extensively so than any other single book of its kind." - Steffen Haurholm-Larsen, Studies in Language

"These are two wonderful books, a treasure trove of ideas and information, a reference work for many decades to come, and a must-have for any field linguist worth his or her salt. It is written in a clear and lucid style.... Dixon's ability to put forward complex ideas in understandable prose is outstanding, and the occasional anecdotal reference to his own field work situations further livens up the prose....I found these books extremely informative, exceedingly useful, and profoundly inspiring. It has given me a renewed motivation to further study the languages I'm involved with. These are books I can recommend to every graduate student in linguistics, to every linguistic field worker - those just starting out as well as those who have finished five grammars." - René van den Berg, Studies in Language